Entries tagged with: Micachu and the Shapes
The new issue of UK music mag Uncut is out now, and it includes their Top 75 Albums of 2015 list. Like fellow UK mags MOJO and Q, they've got a lot of love for Julia Holter. They also have Sleaford Mods pretty high, lots of the 2015 year-end regulars in the top 10 (Kendrick, Sufjan, Father John Misty, Tame Impala, Courtney Barnett), and lots of older musicians throughout the list (Keith Richards, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Richard Thompson, Nick Cave, Killing Joke, PiL, Paul Weller, Robert Forster, etc). Check out the full list below.
photo: Yuck @ River Rocks 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
CMJ is just barely behind us, and now it's time to start thinking about SXSW who have just announced their first round of showcasing artists. Acts include, Alex G, Crystal Castles, Yuck, Micachu & the Shapes, Barry Adamson, Anamanaguchi, PUP, The Spook School, Wildhoney, Sunflower Bean, Pure Bathing Culture and lots more. The music portion of SXSW 2016 happens March 15 - 20 in Austin, TX. The entire list of Round One artists is below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
Micachu & the Shapes @ LPR 9/12/2015
London's Micachu & the Shapes began their short North American tour over the weekend with a few NYC shows, playing a surprise Fashion Week afterparty at Elvis Guesthouse on Thursday (9/10), and then shows at Alphaville in Friday (9/11) and Le Poisson Rouge on Saturday (9/12). Their new album, Good Sad Happy Bad, which came out on Friday, was born out of loose rehearsal jams and, to be honest, that's kind of what it still sounded like at the Alphaville show. It could've been my unfamiliarity with the record or the live sound, but the set -- almost entirely new material -- was sludgy and loose. We've got pictures from the next night at Le Poisson Rouge, where Micachu played with Blues Control, in this post. Anyone go to the LPR show?
If you haven't checked out Good Sad Happy Bad, you can stream it via Rdio, below. Micachu & the Shapes play Pop Montreal this week and will be back in North America for more shows in November. Dates are listed, along with more pics from LPR, below...
The 2015 edition of Pop Montreal is coming up in less than a month (September 16 - 20) and festival organizers have recently made a few additions to the already robust lineup. Perhaps most interesting is that Pop's film fest will have the world premiere of director Kahlil Joseph' Arcade Fire documentary The Reflektor Tapes which promises:
The film recontextualizes the album experience, transporting the viewer into a kaleidoscopic sonic and visual landscape. It charts the band's creative journey as they lay foundations for the album in Jamaica, record in Montreal and play an impromptu gig at a Haitian hotel on the first night of Carnival, before bringing their breathtaking live show to packed arenas in Los Angeles and London. The Reflektor Tapes blends never-before-seen personal interviews and moments captured by the band to dazzling effect, and features 15 minutes of exclusive unseen footage, filmed only for cinema audiences.That is just ahead of the film's North American September 23 release date. It will be playing in NYC at Sunshine Cinema, BowTie Cinema Chelsea 9, East 86th St Cinema 4 in Manhattan and Williamsburg Cinema in Brooklyn. and tickets are on sale now for many of those screenings. You can watch the trailer for that below.
The full music lineup has been finalized and new additions include Seattle garage rock legends The Sonics, Doldrums, UK band All We Are, Prison Garde (the latest moniker of electronic musician Vaughn Robert Squire aka Sixtoo) and more. Other artists playing this year's Pop Montreal include Built to Spill, Giorgio Moroder, The Cribs, Mikal Cronin, Godflesh, Will Butler, Babes in Toyland, Thurston Moore, Stars of the Lid, Cannibal Ox, Besnard Lakes (performing as a 17-piece "orchestra"), Viet Cont, The Orb, and more.
There are also lots of panel discussions and lectures happening via the Pop Symposium, including one with Canadian songwriter Andy Kim (the man behind The Archies' "Sugar Sugar" and other bubblegum hits),
Festival passes and day passes are still available. Full Pop Montreal music and film lineups are listed below.
by Bill Pearis
Micachu & The Shapes have shared a second song off their forthcoming album, Good Sad Happy Bad. "Sad" is the opening cut on the LP, and is little more than drums and Mica Levi's treated vocals, and definitely feels like the lead-in to something... which we'll have to wait till September to hear more. As mentioned, the album was born from a long jam session that was later pulled apart and pieced back together. Stream "Sad" below.
UPDATE: Micachu & the Shapes also play Alphaville on September 11 with Highlife. Tickets are on sale.
photo: Viet Cong @ London Field Day Fest 2015 (more by Rachel Juarez-Carr)
Pop Montreal has just announced its second round of artists added to the festival's 2015 lineup. That includes Viet Cong, The Orb, Micachu & the Shapes, The Besnard Lakes, Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, Lee Ranaldo, Albert Hammond Jr, Empress Of and more. They join such previously announced artists as Built to Spill, Giorgio Moroder, The Cribs, Mikal Cronin, Godflesh, and Will Butler. All new additions to Pop Montreal's lineup are listed below.
The 2015 Pop Montreal Festival happens September 16-20 at venues all over the Quebec city. Discounted festival passes and day passes are currently available.
by Bill Pearis
Micachu and the Shapes will release their new album Good Sad Happy Bad on September 11 via Rough Trade. The record was born out of an unrehearsed jam session that was secretly taped by drummer Marc Pell on his field recorder. Mica and other bandmate Raisa Khan liked it so much, it formed the backbone of the album. Says Mica, "For me, it's the most free we have been." First single "Oh Baby" is definitely unlike anything Micachu have ever done before, dark and primal. Have a listen below.
The band will be in North America in September for a few release shows, including one in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge on 9/12. Tickets for the LPR show go on sale Friday (7/10) at noon.
Other dates include Philadelphia and Montreal and those are listed, along with the new song stream and album art/tracklist, below...
photo: Dirty Projectors in Chicago in 2013 (more by Stan Golovchunk)
André de Ridder of Berlin collective Stargaze will be conducting Ensemble LPR at their homebase, LPR aka Le Poisson Rouge on Wednesday (3/11) for the premieres of two new pieces by indie musicians. One is by Mica Levi of Micachu & the Shapes and the other is by David Longstreth of Dirty Projectors. Both Longstreth and Levi will be in attendance but will not be performing. Tickets are on sale.
Dirty Projectors are also on the new MusicNOW - 10 Years compilation with Sufjan Stevens, Fleet Foxes' Robin Pecknold, Grizzly Bear, Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry, Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, My Brightest Diamond, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Sharon Van Etten and more. The comp is a collection of recordings from Bryce Dessner's MusicNOW Festival. This year's takes place this week, March 11-15. The comp is out today (3/10) and you can stream six of its tracks below.
UK music magazine Uncut put out their list of the top 75 albums of 2012. The top ten leans pretty heavy on long-running '60s/'70s survivors who put out new albums this year, but plenty of the list-topping regulars from newer acts are on there too, along with a few interesting surprises (Sun Araw, M Geddes Gengras & the Congos!). You can check out the full list below.
As mentioned, Animal Collective are playing two nights at Terminal 5 (12/4-5) to make up for their cancelled Williamsburg Park show. The first night (12/4) is with Traxman, and no opener has been announced yet for the second night. Tickets for both shows are still available and a portion of the proceeds will go to The American Red Cross to help Hurricane Sandy relief.
Like Amanda Palmer, Animal Collective just spoke to us about their top 10 things of 2012, some of which were albums, like the one by their tourmates Micachu & The Shapes and the new Madlib-produced Georgia Anne Muldrow album, whereas other things on the list were restaurants they had memorable dinners at and British sketch comedy shows. You can check out the whole thing below.
Animal Collective at Prospect Park in 2011 (more by Vincent Cornelli)
Animal Collective were scheduled to bring their tour with Micachu & the Shapes to Williamsburg Park tonight (10/5), but have cancelled. The band writes...
Hey everyone,Damn. Feel better Dave!
We really wish we didn?t have to be writing this right now, but after taking Dave to the doctor this morning it turns out that he has laryngitis and unfortunately we are unable to play the show tonight. We are already in the middle of trying to reschedule NY dates in the next couple of months to make up for this cancellation.
Due to circumstances beyond both our and the promoter's control, we are unable to honor the tickets for tonight's show. Fans that have tickets will be able to get full refunds at the place of purchase, and we will let everyone know as soon as we have new dates scheduled. Again, our sincere apologies to fans anticipating this show. We are always psyched to play NYC and will make it up to you.
Micachu & The Shapes were supposed to open, but you can still catch them Monday at LPR. Micachu also DJs at Cameo tonight.
Animal Collective did play Fallon last night though. You can watch below...
Field Report at BV SXSW 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Tonight (7/17) is the first show for new Brooklyn venue Williamsburg Park featuring Counting Crows, We Are Augustines, Field Report, and Kasey Anderson & the Honkies. Tickets for tonight's show are still available. Maybe this isn't the most exciting start for the venue, but there are a lot of cool shows coming up, including Refused with Off! on Wednesday (7/18), a big outdoor edition of Eugene Mirman's "Pretty Good Friends" with "special guests" and OK GO on Thursday (7/19), Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings and Antibalas on August 18 (FREE), Bob Mould playing Sugar's first two albums on September 7 (FREE), David Byrne & St. Vincent on September 29, Animal Collective on October 5 and more. All upcoming Williamsburg Park shows are listed below.
If you're a fan of Field Report (aka former Justin Vernon cohort Chris Porterfield) but would like to see him in a more intimate setting, he's also playing an early show at Mercury Lounge on Saturday (7/21). Tickets are still available and we're also giving away a pair. Details on how to enter are below.
Micachu & the Shapes at Terminal 5 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Brain Cloud @ Barbes
* Chicha Libre @ Barbes
* Kacie Sheik @ Joe's Pub
* Tony Scherr @ Living Room
* Shawn Colvin @ City Winery
* Gabriel Kahane @ Joe's Pub
* Merzbow, Wold @ Saint Vitus
* Jim Campilongo @ Living Room
* Quadron, Teletextile @ Cameo
* Future, Pusha T @ Irving Plaza
* Lindsey Buckingham @ BB King's
* Kendrick Lamar @ Santos Party House
* Reverend Vince Anderson @ Union Pool
* Man Man, Raleigh Moncrief @ Maxwell's
* Emeli Sande, Selah Sue @ Bowery Ballroom
* Micachu & The Shapes, Zambri @ Glasslands
* Omar Souleyman, Dengue Fever @ Webster Hall
* Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen @ Littlefield
* The CCB Reggae All-Stars @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise
* Ben Von Wildenhaus, Shoddy Prototypes @ Manhattan Inn
* Izia, Dionysos, Rinocerose, Coblism @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Sourpatch, Swearin', Waxahatchee, Pretty Wild @ Death By Audio
* Summer Girlfriends, The N'ere Dowells, The Upskirts @ Cake Shop
* Steve Gunn, Gunn/Trucsinski Duo, Georgia, DJ Koen Holtkamp @ Zebulon
* Kopecky Family Band, mynameisjohnmichael, New Beard @ Mercury Lounge
* Menage, Evan P Donohue, Alpenglow, Ramon & Dylan, The Decent Lovers @ Pianos
* The Foreign Exchange (Phonte + Nicolay), DJ Barry King @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Marco Benevento, Dave Dreiwitz, Scott Metzger, Joe Russo, Craig Finn & Tad Kubler (of The Hold Steady), Nicole Atkins, Phosphorescent, Family Band, Diamond Doves, Kelli Scarr, Yellowbirds, Tom Hamilton @ Brooklyn Bowl
Hot Chip are streaming their new album, In Our Heads, over at NPR.
The Tallest Man on Earth is also streaming his new album, There's No Leaving Now, at NPR.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
tUnE-yArDs at Terminal 5 - 6/1/12
Over a year after the release of her album w h o k i l l, tUnE-yArDs still seems to be going strong, playing her biggest paid show yet at Terminal 5 on Friday (6/1). Did you go? How was the show?
If your copy of w h o k i l l is played out, Merrill teamed with Questlove, Beninoise singer-songwriter Angélique Kidjo, and Ghanaian-American rapper Akua Naru for a cover of Fela Kuti's "Lady" which is on the new (Red) Hot + Fela tribute and is streamable below. They played this at Terminal 5 immediately after tUnE-yArDs' ended and the T5 crowd stuck around to dance to it instead of shuffling off home.
The Terminal 5 show was with Micachu & the Shapes who play tonight (6/4) at Glasslands, and Delicate Steve who's new album was streaming via public listening ports at various Manhattan/Brooklyn locations over the weekend. More pictures of tUnE-yArDs, plus Micachu and Delicate Steve, are below.
DOWNLOAD: Micachu & the Shapes - OK (MP3)
Micachu and her buddy Kwes
Micachu & the Shapes will release their second album, Never, on July 24. The first track from the album has just been loosed to the internets -- the drony, mechanical "OK" which you can download above. Cover art and tracklist for the album is at the bottom of this post.
Micachu have also just announced a headlining show at Glasslands on Monday, June 4 with Zambri. Tickets for that show are on sale. Micachu will also play the PS1 Warm-Up on July 28 and tickets to that show go on sale June 18.
Michachu also released a new mixtape with pal Kwes and you can stream the entirety of Kwesachu Vol. 2 below, along with a list of all dates.
photos by Chris La Putt
Blood Red Shoes @ MHOW
After Chris left the BV Loft Party all the way back on Friday, October 22nd, he headed over to Music Hall of Williamsburg for the Blue Flowers-presented CMJ showcase for a lineup of mostly UK bands including Chapel Club, Everything Everything, and Blood Red Shoes (who toured North America with Sky Larkin in October). Pictures from that show are in this post.
The occasion (to post these belated pics)? SXSW has already announced an initial lineup of bands playing in Austin from March 16-20, 2011, and Chapel Club is on that list (and I wouldn't be surprised of the other 2 mentioned bands end up coming too). Also on the list: Lia Ices, Braids, Asobi Seksu, Wye Oak, Suuns, Sun Airway, A Place to Bury Strangers and more. Full list under the rest of the MHOW pictures, below...